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Melanie’s Copic Experience.

Melanie's Copic Experiment

Melanie's Copic Experiment

In my opinion I have never been good at colouring in stamped images.  I don't like the way that watercolour markers pill the paper if I go over it too much and I don't like that I can see lines when I use them.  Coloured pencils are OK but I get varied results with those and the result is never very vibrant.   That is why I do a lot of sponging to add colour in my crafting.

I really admired what I saw other people doing with their Copic markers.  I loved the light and shade effects that  I could never achieve,  I loved that the colours looked so well blended and I loved that it looked so easy.  I did wonder if I could achieve these same results with the pens: could they really be that magical?  So I started saving my pennies.  I looked around for somewhere to buy them from.  Then the real hard work began - which colours to choose.  I looked around the internet at loads of sites and finally settled on buying some blue markers.

I bought four shades of blue.  Once I got them, I played and I played and I played (I now need a reinker).  My main problem with these pens was finding the right cardstock to use with them.  Down here in New Zealand we don't get all the brands of cardstock that are available in the US.  Eventually I tried "Whisper White" which is made by one of the direct marketing companies that sell stamping products in New Zealand (along with other places around the world).  I was quite happy with the results I achieved.  I know there must be better out there - but it does what I want.  I have to add that I may have spent as much on cardstock as I did my initial purchase of Copic pens.

I have been slowly building up my colour stocks and I now have browns and beiges for skin and hair, reds and pink for flowers and purple for fun.  I don't have greens yet but I do hapen to have some Ranger alcohol ink (lettuce) and one of the new refillable alcohol ink pens which I used to make this card.  The flowers in the vase are a free digi-image from sketchingstamperdigi-stamps.  I coloured it with the copic markers added a bit of glitter to look pretty and then a bit more to cover some mistakes.  I used two of the Spellbinders fleur de lis pendants, tiny bubles cuttlebug folder and a Rubbadubbadoo sentiment stamp with versafine pigment ink.

Here is a quick guide to my process creating this card.

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  1. Print image and cut with a Spellbinder's petite classic oval.  Colour the stems and leaves green.
  2. I dripped a tiny bit of green ink onto the background so decided to make a green spotty wallpaper background.
  3. Colour flowers pink, add red to centres and then blend with the pink again - add colours and blending until you are happy with your result.
  4. While going over the stems I dropped a big blob of ink onto my card. [sigh] So, I coloured the background a solid green.
  5. While colouring up to the edge of the oval die (which is still in place to give a nice whit border)  I made ink blob out where I didn't want it.
  6. Soooo... I made a border of brown which looked pretty yucky and messy.melanieblogbanner05102009
  7. I used the copic colorless blender take some of the colour out of the vase.  I added some 'Crystalina' Kindy Glitz by Derivan to the centre of the flowers and a lovely border of Black Kindy Glitz to the border.
  8. I searched through my stash for a coordinating paper and sent it through the Cuttlebug - trimmed it and added the sentiment using a stamp positioner, cut out two pendants (and trimmed two corners off the top one) and layered it all up with foam tape for dimension.  Oh, I  also went around the edge of the paper with the pink copic marker to give it a defined edge.

Conclusion -

I like using alcohol ink markers.  I agree that it is expensive and they are not easily available outside the US (postage can be a deal breaker, too).  I also think they are very forgiving.  If I make a mistake, I can blend it in to look like it was always supposed to be that way.

I have a couple more images that I am itching to use with Copics, and will share a couple of these over the coming week as well as my thoughts on using the Ranger refillable pen.


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9 Responses »

  1. I love my Copics, and I used this card stock. If you want heavy card stock with no bleed through, for single layer cards- try this. Both are fabulous. Yes, they do ship internationally.

  2. Melanie - sometimes I think we are our own worst critics - your card's great - and you should be proud as punch of your talents. I haven't tried copics yet - and in fact don't like my chances of finding them here (rural Australia) - but your comments about skin tones made me sit up. My Tombow makes my 'faces' look sunburnt LOL.

  3. Great card & article! One of the things I looked forward to most about moving to Japan was the availability of Copics. Here, they cost around $4 each. I am slowly building my collection. 🙂

  4. Oh Man... you color beautifuly and just when I was totaly convenced I was happy with out them... sigh..

    The Angel Company T.A.C. sells the sets. $120.00 for a set of 18 (I think.) they ahve 4 different sets... that puts the price at or about $6.67 each. (again if my math is right) Which is right about what others are saying about the cosst. so. Jump on it girlies.. I know of a T.A.C. rep. or two... LOL none the less I am still iffy on this. the blender pen is a must or so it sounds... keep doing the amazing work. Thanks

  5. Great article, Melanie! Ü
    Hugs, Pen

  6. great job !!! love the colors, love the card. working with copic's , you get vibrant results.

  7. You did a great job. Haven't got into Copic markers. I enjoy coloring with my pencils and markers.

  8. Very pretty and great job, there is a learning curve with these and then you don't want to use anything else. If you will send your name and address to me at jkwallace@mchsi.com I will send you some cryogen white paper, similar to whisper white but I think better and it blends much better with the copics. 89lb cardstock and we get it from cutcardstock.com So far we all prefer that one over any others we have tried. Glad you are having fun with the copics and of course memento black ink is the ONLY ink that doesn't smear with them, LOL